Saturday, 26 June 2010

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This card arrived from a tag from Tiina in Finland. She's never been to Bosnia & Herzegovina but a colleague of hers visited there last year and brought her some postcards. :D The funny thing is, I'm actually waiting for some postcards to arrive directly from Tuzla at the moment, from my new penpal Snjezana. :)

Tuzla is a city and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the time of the 1991 census, it had 131,000 inhabitants. Taking the influx of refugees into account, the city is currently estimated to have 174,558 inhabitants. After Sarajevo, and Banja Luka, Tuzla is the third largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the seat of the Tuzla Canton and Tuzla Municipality. The name "Tuzla" is derived from the Turkish word for salt, and refers to the extensive salt deposits found underneath the city.

The city of Tuzla has Europe's only salt lake as part of its central park and also has around 100,000 people visiting its shores every year. The history of the town Tuzla goes back to 1510 when Tuzla was a Turkish garrison town. During the 19th century it passed under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and was incorporated into Yugoslavia in 1918.

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